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What kind of rooster should I get?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Jane Jill Jack, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. Jane Jill Jack

    Jane Jill Jack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm planning on getting about a dozen hens in a couple of weeks to add to my laying flock. I plan on raising chicks from the hens' eggs and would like to get good layers. If I have several EEs, Barred Rocks, Sex Links, and Rhode Island Reds, which rooster would help get chicks that would become just as good layers as their mothers or better? I don't really mind the color of the rooster, but would like for him to be about six pounds. Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    For boosting the laying capacity of the offspring, probably a Leghorn. Any of the Dual Purpose breeds would work well too, but Leghorns are egg laying machines. The rooster should be about the weight you want. The other dual purpose breeds, Australorp, Orpington, Delaware, any of the Rocks or Wyandottes, or Sussex would be good choices but the rooster will be quite a bit bigger.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I have a mixed flock similar to yours and put a brown leghorn roo over them, for the same reason. Plus, I love the "classic" rooster coloring!
     
  4. BlackBrookPoultry

    BlackBrookPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You need an Iowa blue, come take mine!
     
  5. Jane Jill Jack

    Jane Jill Jack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks donrae and Ridgerunner! I guess I'll get some kind of leghorn, or maybe an EE. I'm sorry BlackBrookPoultry, but you're a little too far away. I'm in Colorado. [​IMG] Thanks though everybody!
     
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  6. BlackBrookPoultry

    BlackBrookPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Delivery could be arranged . . . my husband works in Denver and drives back and forth. You could maybe make sex link chicks with him. I know it works with White Plymouth rocks and New Hampshires. [​IMG] I'm just kidding about you taking him (kind of) he's a sweet rooster, but a total accident. Sandhill shipped him as a Black Orpington.
     
  7. catdaddyfro

    catdaddyfro Overrun With Chickens

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    I just also recomended a Brown Leghorn on another thread on here they are beautiful and good flock leaders too

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